Linkage: Beltane, Samhain, mentors, and worship

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Spiral Nature Linkage for Friday, 27 April 2018

Local linkage

As we’re coming up to Beltane, it seemed fitting to share a round up of some of our best posts on the subject:

For those in the southern hemisphere celebrating Samhain:

Magick linkage

Julian Vayne on the importance of Bicycle Day and chemognosis.

Five Discordian rituals.

A tarot spread to reveal hypocrisy.

Spirituality linkage

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On walking a Pagan path with integrity and being aware of appropriative practices.

Brandy Williams on feminist Thelema.

Mentors can form an important part of one’s spiritual practice. On the flip side, see Courtney Weber’s article, “Challenges and rewards of leadership.”

What might Pagan secularism look like?

Devotional work can look different depending on your individual practice.

How to get started with Hellenstic-style hearth worship.

Getting ready to visit a Pagan sacred site. On a related note, see Jarred Triskelion’s article, “How to plan a pilgrimage.”

Brief notes on Pagan sacrifices through the ages.

Solitary Pagan? Here are a few ideas of how you can celebrate Beltane on your own just fine.

Occulture linkage

The history behind the Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu, known as the Stele of Revealing that inspired Aleister Crowley to found his new religion, Thelema.

On the links between Nathaniel Hawthorne and witches.

Norwegian folklore explored. Also, what, like, is folklore, anyway?

On the leadership and legacy of Indigenous women.

Do trees have rights? Sometimes.

Lessons magically-inclined folk can take from Lord of the Rings.

A round up of “evil” rock and metal songs inspired by ye olde Aleister Crowley.

Tarot makes an appearance in The Room mobile app from Fireproof Games.

Reviews linkage

The Witches reviewed.

A review of Divining with Animal Guides: Answers from the World at Hand. On a related note, see Donyae Coles’ recent review of Wild Unknown: Animal Spirit.

Peace Oracle reviewed.

A review of Breathing Love: Meditation in Action.

Alchemystic Woodcut Tarot reviewed.

A review of Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish.

Calls for submission

The Northwestern Department of Religious Studies graduate students invite young scholars to submit paper proposals for Sovereignty & Strangeness, a graduate conference to be held 19-21 October 2018. Deadline: 6 May 2018.

Bonus linkage

Andy Clark’s ideas about what the mind is and how it works are fascinating.

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